Dr Joe Blakey

Lecturer (T/F) in Human Geography

View graph of relations


I am an Environmental and Political Geographer whose work focuses on examining the political, economic, and social challenges of human-environment relations and post-carbon futures. I am principally interested in:

  • Post-foundational political theory and its applications within Geography
  • Debates surrounding the post-political, de-politicisation and re-politicisation
  • Aesthetics
  • Cultures of environmental expertise
  • Accounting, metrics and standardisation
  • The relation between accounting and politics
  • Governance
  • Smart, sustainable and zero-carbon cities
  • Disciplinary debates

I contribute to teaching across the undergraduate and postgraduate programme within the Department of Geography. 

I am currently a member of The Manchester Zero Carbon Advisory Group, working to ensure that Manchester's carbon reduction commitments are in line with the Paris Agreement and that the city has in place a mechanism for monitoring its progress. Alongside colleagues in the aviation sub-group, I have worked to establish reporting for aviation emissions at a city-level and I am currently leading the sub-group on consumption-based / indirect emissions.

I was also previously a member of the Manchester CO2 monitoring group, which sought to understand why emissions are changing and considering where action should be targeted.

My work has featured on City Metric (New Statestman), The Conversation, Policy@Manchester and Die Welt amongst other places.

Related information


Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

View all (6)